Summary of Minutes – September 14, 2004 – Faculty Senate Meeting


Chair Report: Chair Ted Benditt presented a summary of topics discussed by the Executive Committee with President Carol Garrison and Acting Provost Eli Capilouto on September 6, 2004. Topics included (1) Senate plans for evaluation of the President and Acting Provost during the last two weeks of October; faculty will receive information with details prior to the distribution of the evaluation forms; (2) UAB Fringe Benefits Committee activities; (3) Status of Senate review of the Section 2.0 and Appendices A, B and C of the Faculty Handbook. Chair Benditt updated the Senate on the QEP/SACS process and that the focus will be on three competencies: (1) writing, (2) quantitative literacy, and (3) ethics and civic responsibility.

President Update: President Garrison announced the appointment of Robert Rich as the dean for Medicine, the opening of the North Pavilion hospital, the SACS audit report completion and submission to SACS, the fall 2004 enrollment status and recognized faculty who have recently received state, national and international recognitions and awards. The SACS reports will be available at

President Garrison encouraged faculty to attend the State of the University address on September 14, 2004. This address will be posted on the page.

Chair-Elect Report: Chair-elect Pete Anderson updated the Senate on the progress for the implementation of Effort Reporting. All faculty and staff are required to complete the process described at

Senators were encouraged to communicate with colleagues about the importance of this process and the need for everyone to comply. Phase II with education about the process will be implemented in the near future and all new employees will complete the effort reporting requirements as part of orientation.

Presentation: Acting Dean of the Graduate School James McClintock reviewed the current services and operations of the Graduate School. This presentation will be posted on the Faculty Senate site at

Dr. McClintock shared information about the SEVIS Fee Information for international students and exchange visitors. For additional information on the SEVIS fee contact the International Scholar and Student Services office.

Second Senate Review of the University-wide Nonsmoking Policy: James Lowery had forwarded information to Chair Benditt for the Nonsmoking Policy second review round by the Senate. There were no changes made at any administrative review level after the Senate’s first review round. The Faculty Senate voted to concur with the policy as previously approved by the Senate.

Senate Standing Committee Reports:  Curriculum & Research – Senator/Chair Jeff Engler reported that the committee has reviewed the fall enrollment data, is continuing discussion on the scorecard metrics related to faculty development, teaching productivity, and related topics, and that the committee is planning review of infrastructure support for research and mentoring of junior faculty for teaching and research skills. Finance – Senator/Chair Warren Martin reported that the committee has organized into teams for addressing these projects during the year: (1) SUG salary averages as a UAB metric; (2) Health Insurance rates; (3) UAB Economic Rules under the scorecard system; (4) UAB metrics and cost allocation; and (5) promotion of flexible spending accounts. Faculty Affairs – Senator/Chair Gary Sapp reported on the committee’s meeting of September 10 and the topics addressed included: (1) administrator evaluation process as to which administrators, frequency of evaluations, follow up and use of data and how to link the process to the SACS process. Faculty Policies and Procedures – Past-Chair John Smith reported that the committee is continuing with review of Section 3.0 of the Faculty Handbook.

Open Forum: Acting Provost Capilouto indicated that the UAB Emergency Plan was under review to address the need for decisions related to hurricane Ivan and that information would be distributed to the faculty on 9-15-04. The WBHM 90.3 is the official source for information about closing of UAB.

Faculty Senate Representatives to University-wide committees: No reports to present.

Announcements: (1) The next Faculty Senate meeting is October 12, 2004 at HUC – A& B at 7:30 am. (2)The Senate conducted evaluation for the President and Acting Provost will occur during October 18-November 10, 2004. Announcements will be sent to faculty. (3) President Garrison has approved the amended Bylaws as submitted by the Senate and the amended bylaws will be posted on the Senate web site and distributed to senators as PDF documents. (4) James Lowery reported that the revised You and UAB Handbook will soon be available online (See Faculty and Staff Resources icon on UAB homepage) and paper versions will be given to new employees.

Secretary Greenup submits this DRAFT summary of minutes and a more complete record will appear on the Senate web page after approval at the October Senate meeting.